Published: 12:00, 30 May 2016 |
Updated: 08:04, 31 May 2016
A water firm planning to shut-off taps to carry out essential repairs says it can provide an alternative supply to a Kent animal park fearful of its effects.
Bosses at Port Lympne Reserve say they were told of the water cut at just four days notice, claiming it could cause rare and endangered animals to suffer.
The Hythe park's managing director, Bob O’Connor, says they have had no time to prepare for what have been described by Affinity Water as “essential repairs” to a trunk main.
He also says the overnight shut-off could have a “devastating knock-on effect” on the park.
But Affinity Water says an alternative water supply can be provided to the park if required.
Mr O'Connor said: “We were informed in writing of a planned water cut to Port Lympne, on Friday 27th May.
“As soon as we received the letter we tried to contact Affinity Water to get clarification on the planned water cut, but despite calling them every day, we have been unable to get a satisfactory answer.
“This lack of notice by Affinity Water has left us no time to prepare or arrange temporary water supplies.
“This means that the rare and endangered animals in our care could suffer.”
Port Lympne Reserve is home to 700 rare and endangered animals, across 88 species.
With the May half-term break set to start tomorrow, Mr O’Connor says the shut-off could also affect an estimated 2,000 visitors.
He said: “It’s an incredibly busy time for us.
“The water cut will affect our expected 2,000 visitors, our overnight guests and our staff, it’s a potential disaster.
“As a charity, we rely on visitor monies to support our conservation efforts, not only at our wild animal parks, but also across the globe.
“This water cut could have a devastating, knock-on effect for us."
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